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An efficient method for computing the QTAIM topology of a scalar field: The electron density case

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  • Juan I. Rodríguez

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    1. Escuela Superior de Física y Matemáticas, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Edificio 9, U.P. A.L.M., Col. San Pedro Zacatenco, C.P. 07738, México D.F., México
    • Escuela Superior de Física y Matemáticas, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Edificio 9, U.P. A.L.M., Col. San Pedro Zacatenco, C.P. 07738, México D.F., México
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Abstract

An efficient method for computing the quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) topology of the electron density (or other scalar field) is presented. A modified Newton–Raphson algorithm was implemented for finding the critical points (CP) of the electron density. Bond paths were constructed with the second-order Runge–Kutta method. Vectorization of the present algorithm makes it to scale linearly with the system size. The parallel efficiency decreases with the number of processors (from 70% to 50%) with an average of 54%. The accuracy and performance of the method are demonstrated by computing the QTAIM topology of the electron density of a series of representative molecules. Our results show that our algorithm might allow to apply QTAIM analysis to large systems (carbon nanotubes, polymers, fullerenes) considered unreachable until now. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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